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Shakespeare Our Contemporary: a catchy title. The first time I heard it was in an undergraduate Shakespeare class at the University of Massachusetts, taught by. Notable works, Shakespeare, Our Contemporary. Notable awards, Herder Prize ( ). Jan Kott (October 27, – December 23, ) was a Polish political activist, critic and. For those unfamiliar with the name, Kott (–) was a Polish professor whose book Shakespeare Our Contemporary, published in.

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And I’ve seen countless productions of Hamlet, from Richard Eyre’s and Nicholas Hytner ‘s in the UK to Yuri Lyubimov’s Russian version its set dominated by a terrifyingly mobile white shakespeqrebased on eavesdropping and espionage. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Account Options Sign in.

K is for Jan Kott

He defected to the United States in Don’t we now accept as a matter of course Kott’s arguments that A Midsummer Night’s Dream is packed with animal eroticism, that Shakespeare’s histories are about grand mechanistic forces, and that Hamlet is a deeply political play about surveillance, fear and corruption that ends with a foreign military invasion? Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.

Kott zhakespeare to the United States in on a scholarship from the Ford Foundation.

Although we live in an age of great Shakespearean scholarship, represented by figures such as James ShapiroJonathan Bate and Stephen GreenblattI can’t think of anyone today who influences production in quite the same way as Kott. Shakespeare remains our contemporary in out vivid ways.

D oes anyone still read Jan Kott? In SeptemberKott fought in the Polish army in its futile campaign against the German invasion and then, after a period in Lvov, returned to Nazi-occupied Warsaw. He became a communist in the s, and took part in the defense of Warsaw. Retrieved 21 March By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This autobiographical accent became a hallmark of his criticism.


Jan Kott – Wikipedia

This book is a provocative, original study of the major plays of Shakespeare; more than that, however, it is one of the few critical works to have strongly influenced theatrical productions. Kott shrewdly analyses the contradictions in the character of Coriolanus and the play. This book is one of the most important ever written about Shakespeare.

References to this book Historicism Paul Hamilton No shakewpeare available – Contact Contact Us Help. Jan Kott, Shakespeare Our Contemporary.

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Shakespeare, our contemporary – Jan Kott – Google Books

Retrieved 4 December We shakeseare any Shakespeare production to possess the fluidity and speed of a good movie. All that is left to him is self-destruction. Retrieved December 20, In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Michael Kustow’s obituary for the Guardian. Readers all over the world–Shakespeare Our Contemporary has been translated into nineteen languages since it appeared in have similarly found their responses to Shakespeare broadened and lott.

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First published in Polish in the ‘s it brought a His famous essay, Shakespeare or Endgamedrew provocative parallels between King Lear and Beckett’s compressed masterpiece and suggested that in both cathartic tragedy had been replaced by a sense of the grotesque: Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

What’s with that Academy? Selected pages Title Page. The New York Times. This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat This article contains affiliate links, which means we may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase.


Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are among the many directors who have acknowledged their debt to Jan Kott, finding Show 25 25 50 All. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Jan Kott October 27, — December 23, was a Polish political activist, critic and theoretician of the theatre. Mary McCarthy called the work “the best, the most alive, radical book about Shakespeare in at least a generation.

Reportedly, Peter Brook ‘s film King Lear and Roman Polanski ‘s Contempotary both made in were influenced by Kott’s view of Shakespearean high tragedy in relation to the 20th-century “nightmare of history”.

That’s yet another reason why I find Rupert Goold the most exciting Shakespearean director around today. Worthen Shakespeare Our Contemporary: Even in Filter’s madcap version of The Dream, currently at London’s Lyric HammersmithTheseus’s reference to conquering Hippolyta with his “sword” acquires a Kottian phallic association.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Historian Teresa Wilniewczyc noted, that his zeal kotf totalitarian control over the world of Polish culture was “far more than was required”. Retrieved 26 December Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are among the many directors who have acknowledged their debt to Jan Kott, finding in his analogies between Shakespearean situations and those in modern life and drama the seeds of vital new stage-conceptions.

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